Ohave Sholom Synagogue, 1941-2013
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Brief Description:

The collection consists of materials from the Ohave Sholom Synagogue, Rockford, Illinois, from 1941-2013, with the bulk of the collection dating from 1980-2005.  The materials document the functioning of the synagogue and reflect its spiritual, educational, and social mission. Records dealing with the history of the synagogue prior to the 1970s are few.

Also archived are 211 digital images of the synagogue and the artifacts within it.

Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at] niu.edu
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/332
Volume: 9.5 Linear Feet
Acquired: 06/27/2013. Additional materials were donated on July 23, 2013.
Arrangement:

The collection is divided into eight series: Ohave Sholom Synagogue Records, Jewish Federation of Greater Rockford, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Ohave Sholom Sisterhood, Hebrew School, Photographs, Volumes and Objects, and Oversize. Series I, dating from 1970 to 2013, contains Board Meeting minutes, Synagogue records and files, newsletters, photographs and library records. While this series mostly consists of administrative and financial materials, it also contains various documents of Jewish significance, such as rituals and holidays. Series II, Jewish Federation of Greater Rockford, consists of Federation records, including Board of Directors minutes, Jewish Community Center materials, and Jewish Community Directories from 1982-2011.

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism materials, contained in Series III, are made up of United Synagogue publications and United Synagogue records and correspondence from 1987 to 2001. Series IV contains Ohave Sholom Sisterhood records from 1962-2009. These include bylaws, meeting minutes and agendas, as well as correspondence and newsletters. The series also consists of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism materials and synagogue activities planned and hosted by the Sisterhood.

Series V, Hebrew School Records, consists of administrative records, Board of Education minutes, and curriculum materials. The series also contains student files and report cards and School Teacher Contracts, but access to these records is restricted.

The Photographs in Series VI include images of the interior and exterior of the synagogue and detailed photos of building furnishings and worship objects taken in 2013. Digital prints of these photos are available for access.

Series VII, volumes and objects, consists of prayer and song books about particular ceremonies and customs. The volumes are arranged by topic. Oversize Materials make up Series VIII, and consists of a calendar, certificate, and posters.

Access Restrictions: Access is restricted for Board Meeting Minutes from 2008-2013 and for Hebrew School Student Records.
Subject Index
Conservative Judaism
Jewish Federation of Greater Rockford (Rockford, Ill.)
Jewish holidays
Jewish religious education
Judaism
Judaism--Prayers and devotions
Ohave Sholom Synagogue (Rockford, Ill.)
Ohave Sholom Synagogue Sisterhood (Rockford, Ill.)
Rockford (Ill.)
Synagogues
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Worship (Judaism)
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights to the collection are held by the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Technical Access Notes: Digital images may be accessed on the computer in the Center’s reading room.
Acquisition Notes: Barbara Brown  The Ohave Sholom Synagogue Collection was donated to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center by Barbara Brown on June 27, 2013.